Producers Hideaki Tsukada and Takahito Ohmori Discuss Kamen Rider Actor Selection

Josei Jinsin recently interviewed producers Hideaki Tsukada and Takahito Ohmori regarding their work on the Kamen Rider series.

Hideaki Tsukada was born in 1971, the same year that the first Kamen Rider series debuted. He is a producer who has worked on both Kamen Rider W and Fourze TV series and movies.

Takahito Ohmori has worked a producer for the Kamen Rider series since Hibiki. He is currently working on the ongoing show Kamen Rider Build. He has previously worked as an assistant for Super Sentai shows.

Tsukada: Ohmori is my junior, but he’s worked on more shows than me (laughs).

Both men began working on the Kamen Rider series since the Heisei era. The show helped launch the careers of successful actors, such as Ryoma Takeuchi (Shinnosuke Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive) and Masaki Suda (Phillip/Kamen Rider W). These heroes are able to reach the hearts of children and become their heroes. The actors reveal their “real face” to the production team.

Tsukada: Jun Kaname, who starred in Kamen Rider Agito, was still close to being an ameteur at that time. But, he worked hard with the director and worked hard. He did his role without any complaints.”

Kamen Rider is filmed over the course of one year. What are important points to being selected for the lead role?

Tsukada: They have to have a smile that a child would like and still be considered their hero. Also, if mom can come to like them too (laugh)

Ohmori: Of course, there are auditions where we can see their auras. And their eyes! Hiro Mizushima (Kamen Rider Kabuto) and Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O) have great eye colors…

Tsukada: The “youngest Rider” Suda was only 16 years old at that time, but he had a great eye color.

Heisei Rider, the era after Showa Riders, is reaching 20 years old soon.

Ohmori: I’m working on it so it can be enjoyed by different generations from now. It’s cool for a child, and I want them to know how their Fathers and Grandfathers felt. For mom, I think they are charmed by the ikemen. Tori Matsuzaka starred as Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger also catch a mother’s eye.

Tsukada: As a creator, I also cherish the opinions of children. In the previous Super Sentai show, one of the heroes almost died. Children told me they felt a “terrible shock. I don’t play with the toys anymore.”

In Kamen Rider Fourze, the hero is revived, but when viewers thought he prematurely died, we were worried about the reaction.

For a year, the same is true for Rider actors after they complete the show.

Tsukada: After graduating from the show and breaking through as an actor, there are many people who still care about the Riders. Actors who are leading now will reappear in the upcoming film Heisei Generations FINAL (released on December 9, 2017.

Ohmori: Yes, even though they’re quite busy, I always ask them “What do you want to do in this industry?” The show is over, but it’s not the end of the Rider they portrayed. I think it’s important to express what you what to do in the future.

Article Sources: Josei Jinsin

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